Table 10 Fertility and son preference by state

From: Husband, sons and the fertility gap: evidence from India

  NFHS 3 NFHS 4
State Sample No of children Son preference Sample No of children Son preference
Ideal Actual Ideal Actual
% Mean Mean Mean % Mean Mean Mean
Andhra Pradesh^ 12.1 2.38 2.98 0.16 2.18 2.13 2.47 0.13
Assam 1.31 2.49 3.24 0.22 4.37 2.56 3.18 0.23
Bihar 2.11 2.92 4.53 0.43 7.08 2.98 4.11 0.45
Gujarat 3.01 2.38 3.02 0.30 8.31 2.06 2.85 0.16
Haryana 1.42 2.50 3.56 0.35 4.24 2.33 2.86 0.22
Himachal Pradesh 2.45 2.03 3.08 0.16 3.21 2.02 2.59 0.10
Karnataka 8.42 2.18 2.83 0.15 3.78 1.80 2.47 0.15
Kerala 2.8 2.40 2.32 0.11 2.8 2.18 2.11 0.11
Madhya Pradesh 6.12 2.67 3.56 0.34 13.3 2.58 3.39 0.29
Maharashtra 14.07 2.22 2.86 0.20 5.5 2.33 2.76 0.17
Delhi 2.37 2.30 3.18 0.20 0.54 2.31 2.95 0.13
Odisha 2.73 2.65 3.09 0.32 6.22 2.37 2.79 0.25
Punjab 2.52 2.06 3.08 0.21 4.01 2.12 2.62 0.17
Rajasthan 3.08 3.17 4.15 0.40 7.68 2.59 3.52 0.29
Tamilnadu 11.39 2.08 2.61 0.08 6.99 2.05 2.18 0.25
Uttar Pradesh 19.73 2.71 4.19 0.35 15.65 3.03 4.03 0.44
West Bengal 4.39 2.06 2.79 0.16 2.87 2.29 2.69 0.14
Telangana^      1.28 2.12 2.69 0.14
Total 100 2.40 3.25 0.23 100 2.46 3.14 0.26
  1. ^Telangana was part of Andhra Pradesh until 2 June 2014